|Nice and fluffy, before Cosmo's swimming adventure!|
|"Last one in the pool is a rotten egg!"|
|Two wet Havanese!|
|Miko shows off his excellent swimming skills and his knowledge of the step location!|
|"Um, how do I look in orange?"|
|Wet and wild!|
|"I sure did have a lot of fun!"|
The dogs had a great time at the pool. But a few safety tips are always good to keep in mind before your next pool adventure!
Swimming pool safety tips for dogs
- Discourage dogs from drinking too much pool water. While the occasional drink of swimming pool water likely won't hurt them, you don't want them to ingest too much chlorine. Keep fresh water for your pet both outside and inside to discourage drinks from the pool.
- Teach them where the steps are located. While you never want to leave pups unsupervised around a pool, it's important they know where to swim to so they can exit the pool on their own if needed. Still, you may want to assist them in exiting the pool to help build their confidence.
- Never leave your pups unsupervised near a pool. I mentioned this above and I can't mention it enough. Even if your dog knows where the steps are located, they might panic if they try to exit the pool from the side and they can't get out on their own. You wouldn't leave a baby alone by the pool. Don't leave your pet alone, either. And keep your eyes on them always. Enough said.
- Rinse your dog after a swim with fresh water. Pool chemicals likely are diluted enough that they won't harm your dogs skin or coat, but to be on the safe side, give your pup a rinsing after a dip in the pool. A bath isn't a bad idea too. For a long-coated dog like Cosmo, I like using a dog shampoo or conditioner designed to keep his coat and skin from drying out.